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Old 01-29-2018, 04:45 PM
LALange LALange is offline
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Default ProDisc C Dangerous ADR at 2 or More Levels

On 08-02-2012 I was implanted with a Prodisc C artificial disc at the C5-C6 level of my cervical spine by doctor in Delaware. On 09-27-2012 I was again in the operating room at the same hospital by the same doctor, having a second implant of a Prodisc C artificial disc at the C6-C7 level of my cervical spine. In September/October 2015* it was discovered that the Prodisc C artificial disc broke the vertebrae between the two levels and the metal disc itself slid into my spinal column and rested on my spinal cord. At that point I was looking at the real possibility of paralysis from my shoulders down. After two additional surgeries performed at a different hospital and a different surgeon, my life and mobility was saved. I spent a week in ICU, six months out of week painfully recuperating, continued physical therapy and faced with the possibility of additional surgeries.

ProDisc C was only authorized for one level in the US. Has anyone else experienced trouble from this device at 2 or more levels?


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Old 01-30-2018, 11:44 AM
annapurna annapurna is offline
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The Prodisc C Nova was redesigned from the Prodisc C to address multi-level due to potential concerns with this kind of vertebral fracture, or at least that's what I remember. I honestly don't know if it was ever approved by the FDA but Laura's second Prodisc C is actually a Prodisc C Nova put in by Bertagnoli.
Laura - L5S1 Charitee
C5/6 and 6/7 Prodisc C
Facet problems L4-S1
Knee, Shoulder, Toe, Finger, Elbow Problems

Jim - no spine problem but lots of other fun medical challenges

"There are many Annapurnas in the lives of men" Maurice Herzog
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Old 01-30-2018, 08:25 PM
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Lisa, so sorry to hear of this -- but so glad you are on the mend! Wow!?

Can you tell me what meds you are taking? And NSAIDs dosing?
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Old 04-08-2018, 09:03 AM
GKTM300 GKTM300 is offline
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it was installed wrong would be my guess. in usa they chisel the bone out for the keel. in bogen they machine it.
12/22/04 blew L4-5 and L5-S1 out lifting wrong
4/1/05 back to work thanks to Oxy
11/11/13 hurt back lifting again
6/6/15 last of many MRI L4-5 medium paracentral bulge with juice leaking and mid to left bulge on L5-S1
No invasive procedures except steroid shots that did nothing n hurt wicked bad
9/24/2016 Adr surgery Bertagnoli>1 year doing great
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